I would not treat it as a rule. For instance, your own post contains the singular countable nouns "title" and "book". I can't think of a context in which these could be used without an article and in a general sense.
You might say that some abstractions and some nouns that relate to conditions, states, etc. can be used in this way, e.g.
1. Fever can kill a man / He has a fever
2. Imagination would be a drawback in this job / He has a vivid imagination